Now you're 33 weeks pregnant, take a few minutes to ensure that your nursery is stocked and your suitcase is prepared for a trip to hospital – even if you’re planning a homebirth, its good to have a bag ready for any situation to save on stressing last minute.
At 33 weeks pregnant, you probably have a few weeks to go yet, but it’s a good idea to be ready ahead of time. Not only will it prevent panic in the event that baby arrives early, but it will set your mind at ease. It’s likely that you’re having trouble sleeping about now, and a long list of things yet to accomplish only makes you toss and turn more at night.
Your Body – 33 Weeks Pregnant
You’re continuing to gain weight steadily as baby is gaining weight. At 33 weeks pregnant your metabolism is at full speed so you may see your actual weight gain start to slow down a bit. But when your doctor or midwife measures your belly, you’ll see that baby is still getting bigger, even if you’re not gaining weight as fast.
That fast metabolism is probably making you feel really warm these days, as though you have an inbuilt heater. Even if you’re pregnant during winter, you may feel the need to shed clothes at this stage of pregnancy. Dress in layers, so that you can feel comfortable. The extra body heat and sweating can easily make you dehydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water, as mild dehydration can give you headaches and severe dehydration can be dangerous for you and baby.
Your Birth Plan
If you haven’t made a birth plan now is a great time to. Having a birth plan helps you to understand your options and what to do if things change unexpectedly. Often women who decide not to have a plan find ‘going with the flow' can set them up for a disappointing experience.
BellyBelly’s article on birth plans has heaps of info and a free downloadable temple for you to edit as you like. Your care provider should be accommodating if you change your mind, but having a birth plan in place helps ensure you won’t have to make a lot of last minute decisions.
Considered A Doula?
If you haven’t yet looked into it, consider hiring a doula who can go over your options in detail and support you with your birth plan. With a doula, you have significantly less chance of requiring interventions – even 50% fewer caesarean sections with a doula. While doulas do take on last minute births, if you’re interested in hiring one it would be best to do it sooner than later. This is because the more time she has with you, the more time she has to help you with advice and resources.
Great (Or Not So Great) Breastfeeding Support Can Impact Your Experience
The Australian Breastfeeding Association is a good first stop for breastfeeding help and advice, but it’s also a good idea to find out about what’s on offer from your hospital or midwife as far as lactation consultants go.
You can hire lactation consultants privately if you find you need some help, which can be a great option, because you can choose someone you connect with and you know what you are getting. Look for an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), which is the gold standard in lactation care.
BellyBelly has plenty of helpful articles on breastfeeding and alternative feeding methods, to help you feel prepared.
33 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
The amniotic fluid surrounding your baby peaks at 33 weeks pregnant. Baby’s brain is continuing to develop and she opens and closes her eyes when she is awake and asleep. Your baby’s bones are beginning to harden and she has her own immune system.
At 33 weeks pregnant, your baby’s weight is about 1.8 kg and she is about 38-46 cm long, comparative to a bunch of celery!